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Object: Copy of a portrait of John Samuel Gibbons

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Title Copy of a portrait of John Samuel Gibbons
Production Berry & Co (photography studio), 1914-1919, Wellington
Medium summary black and white glass negative
Materials photographic gelatin, sheet glass, silver, photographic plates
Classification portraits, black-and-white negatives, gelatin dry plate negatives
Technique black-and-white photography
Format half plate (1/2)
Credit line Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
Registration number B.044507

John Samuel Gibbons, serial number 70467

This studio portrait is most probably an image of John Samuel Gibbons, service number 70467.

John who was born in Auckland on the 5th April 1894 to parents Mary Ellen and Robert Huia Gibbons. He worked as a self-employed engineer before enlisting in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force on 13th September 1917. He trained at Trentham and at Featherston camps before embarking from Wellington on the 23rd April 1918 on the Willochra with 36th Reinforcements Specialist Company. We think he first worked as part of the New Zealand Signal Corps although when he was discharged on 17th June 1919 he was part of the Machine Gun Corps.

John Samuel Gibbons returned to live in Auckland and he married Violet Roslyn Brown in 1940 and they had one child, Josie. John died in 1957 aged 63. He is buried at Hisborough Cemetery in Area 4, Block O, Lot No. 44.

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The Berry Boys
During World War I, around 120 Kiwi soldiers had their photograph taken at Wellington’s Berry & Co photography studio before they left New Zealand to fight in the war . These portraits are now in Te Papa’s collection.

In the lead-up to the World War I centenary (2014-18), Te Papa is working to identify these soldiers and the loved ones they are pictured with. We want to make contact with their descendants, and to record their stories.

Some soldiers have already been identified. For others, we only have the surname etched on the glass negative.

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If you have any information you can share about the Berry Boys - either a soldier or someone they are photographed with - please use the online form above. You can also email or leave a phone message for us on 04 381 7129. You can also write to Berry Boys Project Team, Te Papa, PO Box 467, Wellington 6140.

To aid identification, please be sure to include the Te Papa registration number (B.044366, for example) for the photo in question.

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